The Republic, shot in both Athens and Detroit and set to a score by Sam Prekop, turns the two locations indiscernible, in a hybrid city-state that emerges from the edit. Throughout the film a group of laborers flip an automobile in a winter landscape as both an invocation of the myth of Sisyphus and a reenactment of civil disorder.
“As farm animals are prohibited throughout Recife, those who get about by horse are rendered invisible in the eyes of the law. Only by treating the Horse-Drawn Cart Race as if it were a scene from a movie — that is, by having it considered to some extent as a piece of ‘fiction’ — would it be possible to obtain the authorisations needed to make it happen.”
Los Angeles City Hall is reflected onto the window of the Paradise Motel. It serves as an anchor for this traversal through the natural expanse of California. Here, we discover a restrained psychodrama of play, loss, and the transformation of everyday habitats. Music appears across the interiors and exteriors and speaks of limitlessness and longing.
Born out of Carl Jung’s notion of India as a “dreamlike world” and of Sudhir Kadar’s analysis of India as “the unconscious of the West”, The Strife of Love in a Dream is a trancelike film experiment, whose intensity grows throughout a crescendo of images and sounds that take the viewer to a unique experience in which western and eastern imageries are deeply entangled and cannot be divided.
Vdrome is happy to announce the collaboration with the ICA Artists’ Film Biennial (3 Jul 2014 – 6 Jul 2014), a four day celebration of artist film and moving image, consisting of screenings, new performance commissions, talks and panel discussions.
Two major recorded events structure Black Magic Marker: the voice over of the poet and reggae promoter Henry W. Targowski, who recalls his visit to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Black Ark studio in Jamaica, and the visual depiction of Lee Perry’s current house in Switzerland. Together, these two situations weave a narrative in which history and present appear inseparable.
The film presents a speculative exercise about the relation between ecological theories and sociologic, economic and management models. Such reflections are intercalated with tales about the ritual of anthropophagy in Brazil in the early 16th century, whose imaginary defines the film’s visuals, be it microfilms of books and etchings, or museological and graphic material on Amerindian socio-cosmologies.
While the world is getting to an end, various characters from war games: terrorists, guerrilla warriors and policemen, find themselves trapped in the peaceful setting of a luxurious countryside hotel maintained by a chicken. Bored and facing their uselessness, they engage in random, idle acts and existentialist interrogations to fill their time.
Last day to watch Canoas by Tamar Guimarães on Vdrome.
Canoas focuses on the preparations for a cocktail party at Casa das Canoas – the house Oscar Niemeyer built for himself in the early 1950s. The film stages a situation that echoes the house’s past use and glamour, set in the contemporary Brazilian cultural scene.
Threading softly on the footsteps of the French ethnographer Jean Rouch, Marine Hugonnier travelled along the Niger River, where she met the descendants of the Songhai, the protagonists of Rouch’s film Les Maîtres Fous (1955). This encounter became the set for a filmic reflection on the role of the artist and filmmaker and its chameleonic condition in-between an invisible observer and subject with its own voice.
In 2012 Simon Starling traveled to Tahiti and Honolulu to film the transit of Venus across the sun, which is only to be seen again in 2117. The 35mm film explores the parallel developments between the history of science and that of cinema, associating the evolution of moving image technologies with that of astronomic research.
“In Greek mythology Lethe is the underworld river from which the dead drink to forget their life on earth. The first film in a possible trilogy of mythologically inspired pieces with female protagonists.” (Lewis Klahr)
Armin Linke’s Alpi is the result of seven years of research on contemporary perceptions of the landscape of the Alps, juxtaposing places and situations across all eight bordering nations. Alpi shows the Alps as a key location, owing to its delicacy and environmental importance, where one can observe and study the complexity of social, economic, and political relationships. Even if the imagery of Alps is still that of a world that is pre-modern, Alpi presents that unique landscape as a laboratory of modernity and its illusions.
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Mike Kelley and Michael Smith’s video follows the bizarre journey of Baby Ikki over several days at Burning Man, the festival of “radical self-expression” held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Baby Ikki – pre-lingual and of ambiguous age – is a character that artist Michael Smith has been performing for over thirty years.
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Vita Nova departs from a mythical photograph of a cadet, used by Roland Barthes to dismount the imaginary of colonial imperialism, to create a spiral film in which History (Histoire), now chaotic in its temporality, returns in a more certain form as story (histoire). The found Time of history is here the survival to the image. It is the now, the temporality of the living, the untimeliness of the reciter. Watch the entire film on vdrome.org
Ryan Trecartin’s movies unfold like futuristic fever dreams. Collaborating with his cast, Trecartin’s layered aesthetic reveals high-definition uncanniness, wherein digital life dynamics and gamesmanship merge with pop culture histrionics and banality. In CENTER JENNY, part of Trecartin’s presentation at the 55th Venice Biennale, his characters continuously evolve towards a post-human realm through reality show hermeneutics, prosumer rhetoric, and collegiate rituals. Watch the entire film on vdrome.org
Young Bernadette just saw an apparition, perhaps of the Immaculate Conception. Such troubling vision takes her into the majestic mountains where, exhausted, she falls asleep on a round stone. Semi-unconscious, she finds herself inside a cave, where an extravagant and exuberant cosmogony introduces the young visionary to the mysteries and origins of humanity. Watch the entire film on vdrome.org
A relationship developed on random online sex chats is the starting point for this feature-length computer animated film in which the artist and a young Italian individual assume the avatars of computer-generated dummies. The situation developed through their remote correspondence is explored throughout a series of episodes in which each shares stories, ideas and emotions in a disconcerting intensity that often clashes with the nature of the presented images. Watch the entire film on vdrome.org